How to Make Your Own Wishing Tree

 This is an easy and fun project you can do for any shower, party, or wedding, a wishing tree. A wishing tree is a tree that guests hang cards or ornaments on, that generally have either wishes or advice for the person/people of honor. The wishing tree that I made, was for my niece or nephew (waiting to find out) for my Brother's Girlfriend's baby shower. Here's the finished product.


 And here is how you can make your very own wishing tree...
You will need:
  1. Branches: There are many options available- curly willow, dogwood, or even branches in your backyard. I used some branches that had sparkly accents, I got on sale from Joann Fabrics.
  2. Vase: Any vase that is at between 7" and 10" in height and has a wide enough mouth to spread out your branches. I used a medium sized hurricane vase from Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off, came to about $3.
  3. Vase filler: I used river rocks.
  4. Decorations to spruce up your tree (optional): I used ribbon & a handmade fabric flower for the vase, some little green twist-tie flowers I found at a craft store and I made baby pin ornaments.
  5. Wishing Tags: You can purchase them at my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FreeSpiritCrafting
Step 1: Fill your vase with river rocks (or filler of your choice) and then stick your branches deep into the rocks to keep them sturdy. Arrange the branches so they are equally distributed around the vase.

 


Step 2: Decorating your tree. I used some flowers I found at a local craft store. I tied them to the branches to add a little color and sparkle.






Decorating continued... I made this fabric flower and secured it to the vase with a ribbon and some hot glue. There are lots of fabric flower tutorials online. This one was made by applying a little heat to the edges of my flower to create a curling effect. BE CAREFUL!



Decorating Continued... When it comes to baby showers your options are pretty much pink or blue. Because this was a gender neutral shower, I spray painted some pink plastic diaper pins with a kiwi green spray paint. Turned out great! Then I hung them on the tree with some ribbon.


Step 3: Wishing tree tags- you can purchase tags from me at my Etsy Shop,  Click here. I included the tags with each place setting so the guests could fill them out at their convenience and then hang them on the tree when completed. 

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Step 4: Make a sign to put in front of the tree. My sign said: 
The WISHING TREE
Hang your wishes for Baby _____ on the wishing tree.


Final Product:



At the end of the shower I gave the Mommy-to-be all of the cards. She can put them in her baby book, and when Baby is big enough he/she will get to read all of the nice wishes that friends and family wrote.

UPDATE- It's a girl!!! Her mommy told me she absolutely loved reading the wishing tree cards and cannot wait to share them with her baby girl when she is old enough.

3 comments:

  1. I think your idea is so cute and I'd love to copy it for my shower. Can you tell me how you did the cards? Thanks

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  2. Hello,
    I printed the cards on a light cardstock paper. The top of each card said "Wishes for Baby" then I put things on there like:

    Dear Baby,

    I hope you never forget__________
    I hope you love__________________
    I hope you're not afraid of________
    I hope you believe_______________

    etc...

    Love, _______

    I got the idea off of pinterest.com. But another GREAT website to check out is Bumpsmitten.com

    http://pinterest.com/search/?q=wishing+tree

    Good luck with your planning :)

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  3. Oh, and also I used a Martha Stuart hole punch to decorate the corners of the cards, it gave them a nice fancy touch.

    Then I asked guests to write a special note on the back of the card for the baby.

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